What You Should Know Before You Finish Your Basement

The basement might be one of those rooms in your house that has been neglected for a long time and is crammed full of stuff. However, if you treat this space just as well as you treat the other rooms above ground in your house, it could have so much potential. This might be one of those flooring Santa Ana that end up being your favorite space in the whole house.

Here are some tips on how you can transform this space:

The Floor Layout

Plan the living area well. Sitting areas should be in spots with lots of natural light. The bedroom should be located along the perimeter wall with a window to let in light and fresh air. Any TVs should be in a dark spot to minimize the glare from natural light.

What to Do Before Getting Started

Before getting started on your Santa Ana flooring, first assess if the room is in good condition.

– Tape a plastic sheet on the floor and leave for a few weeks. If moisture forms underneath the sheets, it means the foundation hasn’t been sealed. If it forms on the sheet, you need to dehumidify the room.

– Check if there’s any decay or damage by insects. Use an awl to probe the floors, window sills and header beams.

– Assess whether the floor beams are sagging. Climb up a ladder until you are able to see the underside of the beams to see if they all align well.

– An expert should assess any fuel-burning appliances you use to ensure there will be no carbon monoxide build up.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

– Whether the height of the room is at least 7 to 7 1/2 feet according to building codes

– Have a backup pump in case your first pump stops working and also a battery backup for the pump.

– Make sure water is not leaking into the room by installing a gutter that drips water at least ten feet away from the foundation. Ensure the ground slopes away from the foundations, and ensure water pipes are not leaking.

Fixing the Walls

Get rid of any mold on the walls, and make sure you have a professional finish. You can go for insulated stud walls, interlocking panels or a proprietary modular system. Don’t add in too many partition walls and if you add any partitions, make sure they have cutouts that allow light to pass through them into the inner rooms.

Other Ways to Give the Room a Facelift

There are some things that you can do during flooring Santa Ana CA so that the room doesn’t look so bland.

– Hang a classic ceiling

– Add lots of light fixtures spaced closely together so that the room isn’t dim

– Use prefab wells for your window wells instead of corrugated metal, topped with plastic covers or grates to prevent people from falling into it.

Have a place where you can have a mini-fridge stashed with food and drinks and a microwave. Also, leave enough space for any games that you might want to play in there. Use wall to wall carpeting and also soundproof the room to keep all the noise down there.

How to Construct With Red

The colour red is powerful, both in its appearance and meaning. In certain cultures red represents good luck, and in regards to emotions it’s emblematic with love, passion and maybe even anger. In our homes, the colour red is equally as potent. Some colour psychologists believe that this colour increases your blood pressure and also quickens the heartbeat. While I am sure that does not apply to everybody, I really do think that red definitely creates an impact and leaves a lasting impression. It’s a bold colour choice that should be used with careful consideration but it does not need to be intimidating. Employing red should be a creative experience. Here are some suggestions on how best to make it fun — and 4 paint colors I adore.

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Just like a red dress or stilettos, a red room could be elegant and sexy. This is a good colour for a dining area in which you want guests to be comfortable, careful and prepared for a lively conversation.

Olga Adler

If red walls seem just too overpowering, introduce the colour with cloths such as cushions, upholstery and draperies.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

Turn the heat up in your kitchen with red cabinets. This is a great way to add colour and style to a little area. Employing a high-gloss finish, along with chrome accents will give your kitchen a very contemporary sense.

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One red accent wall is simply sufficient to bring electricity and warmth to a small dining area.

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If the colour red is in your art, an equally red wall will tug those fiery hues out of your painting or print, and make it look more vibrant.

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Nothing says’welcome’ greater than being greeted with a red door.

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Do the sudden and paint your powder room red. It’ll serve as your home’s element of surprise.

Designing Solutions

If it comes to traditional settings, red is a traditional color. It functions well in formal rooms such as a living room or library. Here, red walls create a very wonderful contrast when paired with white wainscoting.

My Red Paint Picks:
Real Red 6868 (vibrant and bold) by Sherwin Williams
Red Tomato 6607 (orange-y reddish ) by Sherwin Williams
Moroccan Red 1309 (spicy and rusty) by Benjamin Moore
Drop Dead Gorgeous 1329 (fuchsia red) by Benjamin Moore

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Guest Picks: Affordable Art for the House

When I first found Etsy, I believed I had struck the art jackpot. I had been searching for something similar to it for so long and did not even know it — such a myriad of stunning and affordable art. This is just a sampling of some of my most favorites (many from Etsy, some from everywhere ). Any one of these would include such warmth and personality to a house. I hope you enjoy and find a new favourite for yourself! — Melissa from Melissa Loves


“As soon as the Sea Turned to Purple…” by Amanda Blake – $45

Artist Amanda Blake has such a magic view of the world. The men and women in her work appear from a different time, but the environments they live in are fresh, magical and almost always populated with stars.


“You Could Be Amazed At What You Grow to Love” by Amy Rice – $60

Amy Rice is a wonderful artist. In Amy’s words; she likes to paint with”spray paint, acrylics, gouache, and inks, and print on antique papers (preferring handwritten love letters, envelopes, magazine pages, sheet music and maps).” I’d really like to own one of her originals someday, but thank goodness she makes prints too.


“Drift Butterfly” by Hadley Hutton – $28

Hadley Hutton is among my all time favorites. She uses beautiful colors, soft lines and always brings stunning nature into her work.


“Wilderness” Print by Sweet William – $20

Sweet William is a collaboration between two sisters: Shelley Gardner, who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, and Paula Mills who is located in Melbourne, Australia. Sweet William’s work is lovely and soft. Stunning use of color and often a very sweet message.


“Mae” Portrait Print by Holli – $10

Lovely Paola Zakimi, the gift behind Holli, has such a sweet soul and it shows in all of her delicate and gorgeous work. Sweet faced and lovely girls replicate her work. Peaceful and tranquil.


“Blue” by Geninne – $30

Artist Geninne D. Zlatkis is a multi-talent through her artwork, her house and the manner she continually integrates character into all of her endeavors. She prefers critters, and this one with its dark environment is indeed beautiful to me.


“Vintage Flowers” Print by Britt Hermann – $18

Britt Hermann has a way with black, no? This print is among my all-time favorites and if you check out her store you will understand this is actually the first of several beautiful dark beauties.


“Heaven’s Blue Through Me” by Dan-ah Kim – $90

Dan-ah Kim is an wonderful artist that produces beautiful fantasy worlds. She often incorporates stars too. I am definitely a fan.


“Milkweed Pod” Print by Amber Alexander – $20

Amber Alexander does beautiful watercolors of soft and sweet creatures and lovely pieces of character. This really is my favorite for its soft colors and simplicity.

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“Nov 02,2009” by Sarolta Ban – $100

Sarolta Ban is an amazingly creative and inventive artist. Her work integrates digital photo manipulation and every one tells an wonderful story.


“Hide” by Maria Elina – $25

Maria Elina Méndez is a new favorite of mine. I really like her line work, her usage of gray and touches of soft color.


“Botanical No. 5551” Print by Kari Herer – $100

Kari Herer’s photographic still-lifes are so beautiful and have such a stunning depth to them.


“Take Me Out Tonight” Print by Danna Ray – $45

Groundwork is the art store of Danna Ray. Her work is really beautiful and so quiet. One of her pieces was among the very first purchases I made out of Etsy, and remains among my favorites.


“On the Back of a Tiger” by Elly MacKay – $20

The store Theater Clouds is a new favorite of mine. Elly MacKay”s process is really cool and I’d really like to own many of her pieces. Here is a snippet from her store describing her process:”I make these images by inking yupo paper and cutting it into layers that I put up in a tiny theater. I play with the lights and filters to create atmosphere and then picture the scenes”


“The Night Owl” Print by Janet Hill – $38

Janet Hill’s work is soft and beautiful. She specializes in acrylic, but lucky for us she has cheap print variations inside her Etsy store.

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Cake Spread by Paul Ferney – $39

Paul Ferney’s cake bits are merely happy-inducing. I fell in love with the oil bits and was so happy to see he began offering prints for a less expensive alternative. So we can all have our cake and eat it too!


“That really is a Holy Cow” by Eskayel – $60

Shanan Campanaro is a new favorite of mine too. She’s such a delicate hand and stunning use of pen and ink. There is such nobility and elegance from the critters she pulls and her routine work is unbelievable. This beautiful”holy cow” would add a lot to any dwelling.


Girl With the Golden Swan Motorcycle by Sophie Blackall – $40

Sophie Blackall’s work is captivating. When I was first introduced to her, it was through her”Missed Connections” series and I was instantly smitten. The series features pieces inspired by the column of the exact same name on Craigslist.


“Whole” by Mai Autumn – $18

Christine Lindstrom’s”Whole” was at the tippy-top of my wishlist for quite some time now. The colors are so beautiful to me. She has a way with blues, greens and acrylic.


“Black Bear Forest” by Jill Bliss – $22

Jill Bliss’s focus on detail, soft lines and colors are so beautiful to me. I wonder how long each piece takes her as there are a lot of tiny details. Lucky for us her work is available in many forms, making it affordable and accessible.

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